I keep meaning to ask this question every time I pick up a fashion magazine or a receive a catalogue/mailer. I am talking from low end Payless (buckled mocassins a la Chloe for Fall) to top tier designers like Yves St. Laurent and Burberry incorporating padlocks, etc. Michael Kors has an obviously Silverado inspired bag on the cover of his catalogue. BCBG, Juicy Couture and J.Crew borrow heavily. I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but it is a little irksome to spend all this dough and not have something rare and unique as all the originals are. That's why the newest and slightly crazy Chloes don't bother me that much. At least no one copies them right off the bat!